Week 5

“The Son of Man becomes the principle of consciousness within the individual, or that aspect of the self that has bout it the moral quality of being able to function through the ego in concrete everyday decisions.” (Elizabeth Howes)

Start by listening to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto #5, the “Emperor”, adagio movement here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qSeg69d3CQ8

Luke 12:51-53

What is the essence of this teaching?

Why division? 

What kind of guilt will this produce?

“I came not to bring peace…to part thee from brother, sister…because they are foes…in these things thy soul is destroyed.”  (Meister Eckhardt)

How is creative guilt part of this? 

Luke 5:8

What does Peter say here?

What kind of guilt is Peter expressing? 

What is Peter in the presence of?

What are its qualities? 

Luke 7:36-50

Of what kind of guilt might the woman have been a victim?

**Identify a part of you that has been prostituted and write about the kind of guilt that has been produced.

When creativity serves the ego, it works for the masculine element and the status quo. When guilt is creative, is leads to change.

** Draw the guilt if had a chance to turn toward healing

Put the drawing in front of you, and let it speak to you.

Mark 2:23-28

What is Jesus being criticised for?

How does Jesus respond?

What was David’s excuse?

What does Jesus say in vv. 27?

What was the sabbath?

What is a word that would be a sabbath for you, i.e. something you keep holy, precious? 

**Take a breath and find that place in you, and get a sense of it.

In your own words, what was Jesus trying to say?

Where is the authority over the sabbath?

How does the Son of Man function, in your own words?

**Use your body to feel what it is like to be made for the sabbath?

Now write down what your body told you

Luke 15:11-32

Note: this is a parable on the worth of sinners (

For whom does the father give the feast?

And who is this in the words of v.17?

What does it mean to come to oneself?

Why didn’t the father give a feast for the older son?

Why does the father respond as he does when the younger son comes home?

How has the son’s journey served the father?

What qualities were added to the father not previously present?

What has the son done that the father could not do?

What is the new concept of sonship shown in this parable?

Why does the older brother get angry?

“Little is forgiven the righteous; therefore, they love little, and this is their unrighteousness.” (Paul Tillich)

Does this mean sinning is necessary for loving?!

How does the young son feel when he is greeted by the father?

“One cannot love from rejection.  Forgiveness is participation; union overcomes estrangement, and love is made possible” (Paul Tillich)

What most strikes you about this concept?

What is the main point of the parable?

Luke 7:36-50(reprise)

What does the woman hear in v.48?  Write it in other words.

Reword vv. 44-47, explaining what Jesus is saying about the relationship of love and forgiveness.

How do you understand this process happening?

What does the tree of knowledge of good and evil have to do with this process?

What role does Jesus play in this particular process?

Matthew 18:21-35

In v. 34, what was the outcome?

What happened to the process of judgment, guilt and forgiveness?

Where did he go wrong?

The man is in relationship to what kind of God?

What is the desire of God represented here?

In vv.21-22, what is Peter’s attitude toward forgiveness?

What is Jesus’ answer?

What is his attitude about forgiveness?

What is behind Jesus’ understanding?

Note: the Greek for forgiveness in rooted in a word meaning “release from bondage.”

A Modern Parable

The boy beats up on his younger brother.  The younger runs to the house, where one parent consoles him.  The older runs to the garage, where the other parent goes to him.  Which parent fid the most valuable thing?

The basic aspects of forgiveness are we all are wounded and we wound. 

Also we all must choose, day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, our actions, due to our fundamental freedom.

If you recall the two voice in the garden: God says don’t eat, the serpent says it’s okay to eat.  The two voice live in us, leading to abiding ambivalence.

“May it be my will that my love overcomes my wrath and my mercy overcomes my other attributes.” (God, according to the Midrash)

What does this say about God?

How does this feel in your guts?

Back to the story

What will the younger boy have to do as he grows up?

What will the older boy have to do as he grows up? 

The Lord’s Prayer has that line, “Forgive us our sins as we forgive…

What does it say first?

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